Planning a Child’s Birthday Party for Under $100.00

Posted by simplystavish in birthday party ideas on Wed, Jun 6, 2012

There are many ways to throw an amazing birthday party on a budget. By having the party at your house or at an outside location (such as at a park under a pavilion) you can give your child a birthday party to remember for under $100.00.

While planning my son’s third birthday party, I created the IDEA system as a way to organize myself to save money and stay ahead of the party preparations.

There are several ways to save money with invitations. If you want to skip mailing invitations, send an Evite. If you are more of a traditionalist and enjoy mailing out invitations check out Pinterest for inspiration to make your own. The possibilities for party invitations are endless from simple pre-folded card stock cards from the craft store to more elaborate upcycled fabric cards.
Party Invitation Budget: Free to $15.00 (depending on supplies needed to make the cards)

Even moms or dads who aren’t super crafty can create simple and easy party decorations, using these tips:

  • Choose party decoration crafts that create a big statement, so you can focus on just a few decorations.
  • Spread out the decorations between the areas that people will be spending the most time. Decorate the main entrance with one “wow” decoration to greet your guests.
  • Free subway art printables make fun and easy table decorations.
  • Inexpensive party lantern’s can be purchased online and decorated around the theme. (Cost: approximately $1.00 each plus shipping)

    • Never underestimate the power of cheap tissue paper and streamers . Create these simple tissue paper balls for a large impact. (Cost: approximately $5.00)
      • Create a simple birthday banner using card stock, ribbon and glue. Banner’s cover a large space and are easy to custom decorate with the party theme   (Cost: $10.00-$15.00 depending on materials you may have at home)

        • Create your own pinata around the birthday theme. Again, Pinterest is a fantastic resource for pinata ideas.

Decorating Budget: $20.00


  • Plan the party time before or after a meal so you don’t feel obligated to provide a meal. Mid morning parties work well for toddlers and mid afternoon parties are great for older children.
  • Involve your child in the planning process by letting them pick out their top three favorite foods from different food groups. Parents will appreciate a party that involves something other than candy, cake and ice cream.
  • Make your own cake, cupcakes or cake pops. My personal favorites: Devil Food’s Cake with Nutella Butter Cream Frosting and Apple Sauce Spice Cake with Whip Cream Frosting
  • Skip the finger foods, snacks and cake and make an ice cream sundae or root beer float bar.
  • Save the earth and your budget by making one or two beverages in large pitchers instead of buying individual bottles of water, soda, and juice.
  • Shop the dollar store for paper products or use everyday dishes.

Food Budget: $50.00 (may be more if you are not typically a baker and need to stock up on baking supplies)


  • Do not over plan activities! Younger children will be happy with one craft activity and then play the remainder of the time. Older children will enjoy two to three activities, depending on the activities.
  • Go for simple activities such as freeze dance (dance and when the music stops freeze), a photo booth using props and clothes from around the house, building a blanket tent, or creating a fort tent out of cardboard boxes and duck tape.
  • Skip the party favor bags of useless dollar store junk and set up a station for the kids to create their own art project to take home, based around the theme. Do I really need to mention Pinterest again?
    Activities Budget: $15.00 (to cut down on costs for arts and crafts project ask friends if they would be willing to donate supplies

Looking for more birthday party inspiration? Check out Tots2Tweens birthday party Pinterest board!

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About Mindi Stavish

Mindi is a working mom with two silly boys, Xander (age 3) and Noah (age 1). She spends her work days helping children with their speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about their silly antics at Simply Stavish where she also writes a weekly feature with lots of information about child language, speech and feeding development. In her less than free time, she feeds her yarn addiction and knits. Her phone is never far from her and you can find her filling her social media addictions on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram at simplystavish, and Pinterest.

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